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Where did the English Randell family come from? What is the English Randell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Randell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Randell family history?

The name Randell is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name Randel. In this case the surname Randell was a diminutive of the personal name Rand, a short form of various German names with the first element rand meaning shield. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Randell include Randall, Rendle, Randal, Rendel, Rendell and others.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Randell research. Another 269 words (19 lines of text) covering the year 1436 is included under the topic Early Randell History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Randell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Randell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Randell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Marke Randell, who landed in New England in 1662

Randell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Randell settled in Catalina, Newfoundland in 1849

Randell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Richard Randell arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837
  • Thomas George Randell arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837
  • Hannah Elliott Randell arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837
  • John Beavis Randell arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837
  • Elliott Charles Randell arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837

Randell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry J. Randell, aged 13, a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884


  • Choice Boswell Randell (1857-1945), U.S. Representative from Texas
  • Ronald Egan "Ron" Randell (1918-2005), Australian-born American film and stage actor
  • W. M. Randell, American politician, Representative from Ohio 5th District, 1880
  • Frank E. Randell, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, 1920
  • Choice Boswell Randell (1857-1945), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Texas, 1901-13
  • Beverley Randell (b. 1931), New Zealand children's author
  • Colin Randell (b. 1952), retired Welsh footballer
  • Aleksi Randell (b. 1975), Finnish politician
  • William Richard Randell (1824-1911), Australian politician and pioneer
  • Stephen Grant Randell (b. 1956), former Australian Test cricket match umpire



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil extra numerum
Motto Translation: Nothing out of time.


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The Randell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Randell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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